Everyone feels fatigue and low energy at times, especially after long days at work or a vigorous workout.
For most people, a good night’s sleep takes care of the problem and leaves them refreshed and physically prepared to face the new day.
But if fatigue and low energy persist for several weeks, it’s time to see your doctor.
At LifeBOOST of Boca Raton, Medical Director Dr. Bruce J. Stratt offers weight loss programs, custom vitamins and supplements and other treatments that can have you feeling more energized, less tired and more like your old self.
Fatigue can be caused by an illness or condition, and certain medications can also zap our energy, especially as we age.
The National Institute on Aging, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, reports there are 39 million Americans age 65 and older – up from 25 million in 1984.
Fatigue and low energy can be problems for seniors, but they also strike younger Americans.
Some causes of ongoing fatigue and low energy can include:
- Emotional problems: Studies show anxiety and depression can leave people tired and listless. Grief over the loss of someone you love, losing your job and other life-changing events can lead to depression and fatigue.
- Stress from financial or other problems.
- Staying up too late at night.
- Too much caffeine.
Some tips to fight fatigue, along with sleep and energy loss, include:
- Start a diary that chronicles your fatigue and examines what you were doing before the tired feeling hit you.
- Avoid long naps during the day, which can leave you more tired and less alert.
- Exercise regularly.
- Cut out junk food from your diet and reduce your caffeine intake.
- Reduce your alcohol consumption.
- If you smoke, quit.
- If you are retired, become more socially active. Studies have shown boredom can cause fatigue and low energy, so find an organization or group in your community to volunteer with.
At LifeBoost, Dr. Stratt works with patients to examine key aspects of their lives, from exercise and sleep patterns to diet and stress.
“We get them going and we keep working with them,” Dr. Stratt said of helping patients feel younger and more active.”